Some facts about Lacrosse

  • Lacrosse is a hard, fast game adopted from the North American Indians. 
  • The word lacrosse comes from the French words la crosse, meaning the stick.
  • Lacrosse is widely played in Canada and the eastern part of the United States. 
  • The players are equipped with sticks that have a net at one end. The object of the game is to throw, scoop, or kick a small rubber ball into the opposing team's goal. 
  • Each player has a hickory stick called a crosse which he uses to throw or carry the ball. One end of the stick has a loose net called a face which serves the same purpose as the pocket in a baseball player's glove. 
  • The sticks range from 3 to 6 feet long, and the faces from 7 to 12 inches wide. Attacking players usually use shorter sticks man defensive players. The players wear shorts, cleated shoes, helmets, and padded gloves. The ball used in lacrosse is slightly smaller than a baseball.
  • A lacrosse team consists of 10 men: a goalkeeper; three defense men named point, cover point, and first defense; three midfielders called second defense, center, and second attack; and three attack players called fast attack, out home, and in home.
  • The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch or bat the ball with their hands.
  • A lacrosse game is 60 minutes long, and is divided into four 15-minute quarters. 


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